Queen Mary University of London

Course Introduction

The Cities and Cultures MRes is a pre-doctoral training programme version of the Cities and Cultures MA. Alongside the focus on the cultural geographies of cities, it develops social science research skills and methods appropriate for further study in this field. Core modules in interdisciplinary research methods are taught through the London Social Science Doctoral Training Centre, making it an approved pathway for ESRC funding. This allows eligible students to apply for ESRC 1+3 funding to cover the MRes with a PhD. It also allows successful MRes graduates to apply subsequently for ESRC +3 PhD funding. The MRes also caters more generally for those working in, or seeking to work in, a research-related post in the public, private or charitable sectors.

This programme: allows you to embark on a research pathway if you wish to pursue a PhD after your masters degree, in particular allowing you to undertake an ESRC-funded PhD; provides advanced-level training in social science research methodologies; deepens your knowledge of the distinctive contribution of cultural geographical perspectives to understanding cities and urban life; encourages you to examine collaborative cultural geographies, focusing especially on creative collaborations between geographers, artists and curators.

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercises and role-plays as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.

Start Date:

EXPECTED SEP-2019. EXPECTED SEP-2019.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
Masters in Research (MRes) £9,150 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
Masters in Research (MRes) £9,150 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
Masters in Research (MRes) £16,350 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
Masters in Research (MRes) £4,575 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
Masters in Research (MRes) £4,575 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
Masters in Research (MRes) £8,175 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have an upper second class honours degree or higher in a humanities or social science subject from a UK university (or an equivalent international qualification) together with two supportive references. It is not necessary to have a first degree in geography and students from different backgrounds in the arts, humanities and social sciences are also welcome.
  • International entry requirements: The minimum English Language requirements for entry to postgraduate degree programmes within the School of Geography are: IELTS: 7.0 overall including 6.5 in Writing, and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking; TOEFL: 100 overall including 24 in Writing, 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening and 20 in Speaking; PTE Academic: 68 overall including 62 in Writing, and 51 in Reading, Listening and Speaking; Trinity ISE: Trinity ISE III with Merit in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking; C2 Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 185 overall including 176 in Writing, and 162 in Reading, Listening and Speaking; C1 Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 185 overall including 176 in Writing, and 162 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.
  • IELTS score: 7